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Offline Tony Raven

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Washburn "Strats"
« on: April 19, 2015, 12:27:21 PM »
Last week, playing my X-33, I got curious. Washburn seems to heavily favor dual-humbucker guitars, followed by the "Fat Strat" h-s-s configuration -- these two seem to dominate the marketplace in general.

I still have my first h-s-s guitar, & don't particularly want to part with it. It was my first electric with ANY single-coil pickup, & I remember very clearly what a tonal eye-opener it was. But in recent years I've finally made peace with the bridge single, which involved everything from confidence in my playing to getting an amp intended for this pickup (fwiw, a Sunn-factory solid-state Fender). That led recently to the 33.

And so I wondered as to how many s-s-s models Washburn has produced, in hopes that the W's quality & quirks would let me add an even better Stratoclone to my collection.

Well, that won't be easy: the s-s-s Washie is rarer than I'd have thought. Over a few days, I put together a list -- someday I might even dig through the catalogue PDFs, but if you know of any I've overlooked, feel free to chime in.

I've grouped them by approximate SRP in relation to the X-33, & this also reflects their degree of rarity.

ENTRY LEVEL
BT-3
WS-4

JOURNEYMAN
X-33
MG-43
LS-93
LS-103
JB-80
Force 30V 1983-4
Force 3 (G-3) 1984-5
Force G-3 1987-8

PRO
MG-113 Performer
MG-230 Special
KC-30
JB-100
JB-100 MIDI

COLLECTOR
X-50 PRO ACD Chris Duarte
N-5

{REVISED -- only recently did I notice a repeat entry. Also, others might group the Force models together, as well both JB-100, shrinking the list further, but I felt there's enough build differentiation to keep them combed out.}

That's about it, then -- 17 models since 1978. Half are high-end &/or rare.

The upside, I suppose, is that Washburn has pretty much avoided becoming yet another company to mindlessly churn out cheap clones. :D
« Last Edit: December 17, 2015, 12:54:32 AM by Tony Raven »
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Re: Washburn "Strats"
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2015, 10:29:41 AM »
I have both configuration. Both are 1983 one is a candy red Force 30 with the s-s-s pick ups and a original tremelo set up. Super fun narrow nut tight string width. The other is a Force 32 in a pearl white with H-H set up. Only thing is the guy before me put a Floyd on it instead of the original Washburn stuff. Still a blast to play. I like both of these for the tinted clear coat on the back of the neck. Most the STUFF I see now is dull compared to these.. anyway enough rambling..
86 B2 (Ol Blackie)
88 WT-4V
83 Force 30 (Candy Red)
83 Force 32 (Pearl)
96 A5 Reissue (No Name Yet)
99 BTM/MOB (Little Blue)
00 WG-228 (Green Weenie)

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Re: Washburn "Strats"
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2015, 10:03:11 AM »
So, I overlooked the recent models...

Added to the list: the Sonamaster entries --
S1
S3X

I have yet to see either of these models in the wild, new OR used, just various SN2X (<$200).
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Re: Washburn "Strats"
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2015, 10:12:33 AM »
These are new entry level models we're introducing at NAMM in January. A press release is forthcoming.
 

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Re: Washburn "Strats"
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2016, 09:19:45 PM »
Just when I think I've got it nailed down, up pops an anomaly.

Can anyone identify THIS old beast?







Presently asking $400 + $40.
https://reverb.com/item/1761423-rare-i-ve-only-seen-the-one

Ooops, almost forgot: the seller says it's an Ebonol fretboard. It's a set-neck, with Wonderbar trem.
« Last Edit: March 22, 2016, 09:26:42 PM by Tony Raven »
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Re: Washburn "Strats"
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2016, 09:41:10 PM »
Here is the pointy head stock

http://www.tdpri.com/threads/waynes-world-strat.106029/


 They were also available with a humbucker in the bridge postion.

http://www.johnbmorris.com/washburn.htm


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Re: Washburn "Strats"
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2016, 09:11:27 PM »
I bought my 1983 Force 3 in a pawn shop in Portland in 1984.  It is all a apart now... getting ready to take it in for a fret job and Floyd Rose set up.  http://ironshow.com/force3.jpg

I have always wondered what kind of wood the body is made of... It is really heave and dark... almost walnut colored/

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Re: Washburn "Strats"
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2017, 12:10:11 PM »
Lots of people have forgotten the Wayne's World segments, some of which were clever; few enough remember the films, the first ofwhich is scheduled for a reissue on it's upcoming 25th :o anniversary. (Personally, those were kinda Bill & Ted vs. Dumb & Dumber, & less than either parents, but YMMV. 8)) The remainder who actually have an image in mind when someone says "'Wayne's World' guitar" almost always mean the white Squier.

Ah, but WE know better!! :P



(I'm also digging the amp, a solid-state Fender built at the former Sunn factory in Oregon, a year or two before it was shut down entirely.)

Yah, I'm still kinda vague on the model-number differences between the "hockey club" version with the black rings & the "pointy" version.

But why oh WHY did Washburn not totally POUNCE on the opportunity it had to capitalize on a half-minute of FREE MARKETING... EVERY WEEK... TO MILLIONS... IN PERPETUITY???? How many white-painted shredders could THEY have sold??


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